Poetry and verse
Poets aspiring to be published: Be aware that there are many scam poetry contests out there, trying to get your money. Among links below are guides to finding the legitimate poetry contests. Above all: Sign nothing granting or selling all future rights on your poetry.
• Paris Review interviews with poets
• Poetry awards and contests
(Legitimate contests vs. contest scams)
• Links to other helpful or interesting poetry-related sites and articles
• Poetry and literary publications online
• Academy of American Poets (Poets.org)
• Authors Guild (this professional organization for published authors and freelance writers offers advice on contracts royalty statements, and protecting authors' rights and lobbies on issues related to copyright, taxation, and freedom of expression)
• Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP, frequently asked questions page)
• LitLine, its list of organizations devoted to keeping literature alive
• Haiku Society of America (promoting Haiku in English)
• The National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT)
• National Federation of State Poetry Societies
• PEN American Center
• Poetry Foundation (articles, tools, blog, Poetry Magazine)
• The Poetry Book Society (UK)
• The Poetry Society (UK)
• Poetry Society of America (PSA)
• Poetry Society of Virginia
*** Poets & Writers (a very helpful site)
• Speakeasy (Poets & Writers forum)
• Twitter list of small literary presses and journals
" Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations."~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Paris Review Interviews with Poets
• W. H. Auden, The Art of Poetry No. 17 (interviewed by Michael Newman)
• Elizabeth Bishop, The Art of Poetry No. 27 (interviewed by Elizabeth Spires)
• Robert Bly, The Art of Poetry No. 79 (interviewed by Francis Quinn>
• Billy Collins, The Art of Poetry No. 83 (interviewed by George Plimpton)
• T. S. Eliot, The Art of Poetry No. 1 (interviewed by Donald Hall)
• Robert Frost, The Art of Poetry No. 2 (interviewed by Richard Poirier)
• Allen Ginsberg, The Art of Poetry No. 8 (interviewed by Thomas Clark)
• Robert Graves, The Art of Poetry No. 11 (Interviewed by Peter Buckman and William Fifield)
• Geoffrey Hill, The Art of Poetry No. 80 interviewed by Carl Phillips)
• Ted Hughes, The Art of Poetry No. 71 (Interviewed by Drue Heinz)
• Carolyn Kizer, The Art of Poetry No. 81 (Interviewed by Barbara Thompson Davis)
• Stanley Kunitz, The Art of Poetry No. 29 (Interviewed by Chris Busa)
• Robert Lowell, The Art of Poetry No. 3 (interviewed by Frederick Seidel)
• Archibald MacLeish, The Art of Poetry No. 18 (interviewed by Benjamin DeMott)
• Derek Mahon, The Art of Poetry No. 82 (interviewed by Eamonn Grennan)
• Marianne Moore, The Art of Poetry No. 4 (interviewed by Donald Hall)
• Pablo Neruda, The Art of Poetry No. 14 (interviewed by Rita Gilbert)
• Octavio Paz, The Art of Poetry No. 42 (Interviewed by Alfred Mac Adam)
• Kay Ryan, The Art of Poetry No. 94 (Interviewed by Sarah Fay)
• Charles Simic, The Art of Poetry No. 90 (Interviewed by Mark Ford)
• Derek Walcott, The Art of Poetry No. 37 (Interviewed by Edward Hirsch)
• Charles Wright, The Art of Poetry No. 41 (interviewed by J. D. McClatchy)
Other interviews with poets:
• Anecdotes about T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), from Anecdotes About Authors
• U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (audio, Diane Rehm show, 1-23-13). U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey was born in Mississippi, 100 years to the day after Confederate Memorial Day was established. Her mother was black, her father is white. Their marriage was against the law in the state. Her poetry explores the interplay of race and memory in her life and in American history. The past she mines is often unsettling: growing up biracial in the deep south of the 1960s, the lives of forgotten African-American Civil War soldiers, her mother’s murder and the legacy of slavery. Tretheway is the first poet laureate to move to Washington, D.C., and work out of the Library of Congress since the position was established in 1986. She’s the first southern Poet Laureate since Robert Penn Warren. And she’s the first person to serve simultaneously as the poet laureate of a state –- Mississippi –- and the nation. In 2007, she received a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection, “Native Guard.” Last year, she published a follow-up titled, “Thrall.” She joins Diane to talk about the role of poetry in our everyday lives.
The beautiful poem she reads early in interview is W. H. Auden's "Musée des Beaux Arts."
“Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.” ~W.H. Auden, New Year Letter
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships, plus contests and other sources of funding (Writers and Editors)
Creative Writers Opportunities List (CRWROPPS-B), Yahoo list, calls for submissions and contest information for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction)
G&A: The Contest Blog (Prize Reporter, Grants and Awards, Poets & Writers). For more contests, see Awards, grants, & fellowships on Writers & Editors site
Sophie Kerr Prize (half of the income from her bequest to Washington College, valued at $61,000 in 2014, is awarded to the graduating senior demonstrating the best potential for literary achievement, for both creative and critical writing.
"We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it." ~ Oscar Wilde
Montreal International Poetry Prize ($50,000 for one poem, in English). As reported by Poets&Writers, New Fifty-Thousand-Dollar Poetry Prize Has Global Ambitions (G&A, Prize Reporter, 4-4-11)
Wag's Review (awards of $1,000 to $100 for top prizes, plus publication, weighed against $20 entry fee per item of poetry, essay, or fiction).
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry (Center for Social Media)
• Absolute Necessities (Jeff Gordinier, Poetry Foundation). The recession confession of a poetry shopaholic. A paperback isn’t that expensive, but trust me, all those impulse buys add up. See also Comments.
• Advice on how to sell poetry (Neile Graham)
• Articles from Poets & Writers
• The Art of the Metaphor (Jane Hirshfield, TedEd video lesson)
• The Art of...the excellent series from Graywold Press, includes these books, among others:
---Doty, Mark. The Art of Description: World into Word
---Longenbach, James. The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach
---Voigt, Ellen Bryant. The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song
---Young, Dean. The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction. "Evolve your poetics," writes Amy King.
• Ask a Librarian (Saison Poetry House, U.K.)
• David Biespiel's Poetry Wire: The Poets Journey (read chapters from his book free, online, on The Rumpus). "Every time you write a poem, you’re learning to become a poet once again. Your writing imitates not the banal sequence from life to death, but instead imitates a descent into and out of a new womb of clarity."
• Margaret Atwood's tribute to poet and teacher Jay MacPherson (delivered at Victoria College 6-11-12)
• The Book of my Enemy Has Been Remaindered. Clive James' classic poem about about literary schadenfreude, as posted by Dwight Garner on the NY Times Paper Cuts blog about books.
• Bucking the establishment:How self-published writers can sidestep literary-world snubs (Jennifer Levin, Pasatiempo, 2-6-15) “There was always a distinction between academic poetry and street poetry. In street poetry, you take more chances, talking in the vernacular. There’s a raw intelligence out there that isn’t so formal," [said poet John Macker]. “I’m not part of the academy, and when I read The American Poetry Review, which I do rarely, the work by university-connected poets seems to be written for each other and for their students. There’s a little bit of a wall around that writing — in-jokes and a private dialogue going on between the academic writers that doesn’t exist out in America...."
• Charles Wright Named America's Poet Laureate (Jennifer Schuessler, NY Times, 6-12-14). Wright turned to poetry because he couldn't tell a story. Once he retired, he started reading crime fiction. "'I’ve picked up every narrative I could get my hands on, to make up for 50 years of nonnarrative.' Not that he thinks he’s cracked the cosmic whodunit pondered in his verse. 'Poetry is the dark side of the moon,'he said. 'It’s up there, and you can see the front of it. But what it is isn’t what you’re looking at. It’s behind what you’re looking at.'"
• Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry (Center for Social Media)
• Colonies, Conferences, and Festivals (Poetry Society of America links)
• Dear Writer: Reasons to Love and Fear Your Copyeditor (Sally Fisher Saller, the Subversive Copy Editor, in Prime Number)
• Directory of Poetry Publishers (AWP)
• 50 literary magazines that may accept poetry submissions (have not tested the list)
• Japanese Haiku Poetry Resources
• Haiku Rules of the Road (an interesting slant on haiku by Neal Whitman, poetry editor for Pulse -- "voices from the heart of medicine"). See entries on Pulse's haiku slide show.
• 14 Twitter haikus to celebrate World Poetry Day (delightful)
• Hall, Donald. Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry (from youth through old age) and Life Work (reflections on the pleasures of work become more when the well-known poet and memoirist learns, at 63, that he has cancer).
• Handbook for Literary Translators (free download from PEN America)
• How Important Is an Author’s Biography?(Stefanie, So Many Books). This general essay refers to The Lives of Lorine Niedecker: How important is a poet's biography? (Hannah Brooks-Motl, Poetry Foundation, 7-16-13)
• Links for poets (excellent resources, American Academy of Poets)
• Making enemies, through poetry (Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star, 10-4-13) Just who does this Jefferson Carter character think he is, anyway? (The kind of story that sells poetry.)
• Me, myself and I: How easy is it to write confessional poetry? (Christina Patterson, The Independent, 1-23-13). Sharon Olds' account of her marital break-up made her a deserved TS Eliot winner. But that doesn't mean confessional poetry is easy to pull off. Confessional poetry, says critic Mack Rosenthal, is poetry that "goes beyond customary bounds of reticence or personal embarrassment."
• Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet (Heather Grace Stewart, guest post on Paul Lima's blog, 6-19-12)
• My Path to Print on Demand Poetry
• OEDILF (The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form)
• Paris Review "Writers at Work" interviews (from 1953 on)
• Poetry and Literature (Library of Congress, links to many helpful resources)
• Poetry Explication &UNC Writing Center)
• Poetry Gets Some Poetic Justice (Richard Morgan, NY Times, 8-28-13) "In 40 years I've never seen it so vibrant here," said Alice Quinn, the Poetry Society's executive director and a former poetry editor at the New Yorker. "I half-expect a poetry cafe to pop up any day now in Hudson Heights."
• Poetry journals, publishers, literary organizations, gatherings, contests, and writing programs (Poetry Society of America)
• Poetry Magazine (articles from)/a>
• Poetry Speaks, where poets and poetry publishers and fans of poetry and poets can gather and interact, listen to poetry, upload their poems read aloud)
• Poets & Writers Magazine
• Resources for teaching poetry (New York City Dept. of Education)
• RhymeZone, online rhyming dictionary and thesaurus
• Selby's List of Experimental Poetry/Art Magazines
• Small Press Distribution (SPD, connecting readers with writers of poetry, innovative fiction, and cultural writing)
• Small Presses Are on the Rise: Is Poetry Leading the Way?(Dennis Loy Johnson, MobyLives, 3-24-02)
• Submitting your work for publication (Charlie Hughes)
• Talking Volumes (MPR's Kerri Miller's multimedia interviews with poets Josephine Dickinson and Galway Kinnell, on Star-Tribune site)
• That's What It Meant: Symbolism in Poetry (English.Answers.com, recommended by Dylan)
• Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs, updated 2012. BestCollegesOnline.com (includes poets who blog)
• What Poetry Form Am I? (do answer the questions)
And what the heck: How to Write and Sell Greeting Cards, Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts and Other Fun Stuff by Molly Wigand, one of several books on a field poets might consider as a sideline!
American Life in Poetry (columns and contemporary American poems for reprint in newspapers, to create a vigorous presence for poetry in U.S. culture)
(a blog from the Poetry Foundation, with news, reviews, and information about the poetry community--and an interesting blogroll)
Literary magazines online:
• American Book Review (links to literary magazines, publishers, and organizations)
• Duotrope (lists over 3500 fiction and poetry publications)
• Litlines list of journals and online journals. It also lists small presses and literary organizations.
• New Pages (news, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more). Here are links to literary magazines.
• Poets & Writers excellent database (500+ magazines that accept poems, stories, essays, and reviews). P&W also lists MFA creative writing programs and small presses.
• Websites for African American poetry (MTSU)
Poetry Daily. "The urge to 'tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it' lessens when poetry arises freshly each day." (from the Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins)
* Poetry Speaks, where poets and poetry publishers and fans of poetry and poets can gather and interact, listen to poetry, upload their poems read aloud)
Websites, organizations, and other resources
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